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Review: 'The Drop' ★★ 1/2

Review: 'The Drop' ★★ 1/2

Even a terrible actor could win friends and influence moviegoers in the role of Bob, a sweetie-pie Brooklyn bartender who saves an injured pit bull puppy from a garbage can in the opening minutes of "The Drop," expanded by screenwriter Dennis Lehane from his own short story, "Animal Rescue."

For the record, Tom Hardy is not a terrible actor. He's an excellent one. In "The Drop," Hardy, brandishing (or, rather, Brando-ishing) an outer-borough dialect and mumble, is surrounded by terrific support in Belgian director Michael R. Roskam's uneven but pungent English-language debut. Notably, the late James Gandolfini plays Marv, Bob's cousin and employer,...